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Although I am not usually one for New Years' resolutions this year I decided to get back into sport on a regular basis for health reasons more than anything. Every week I play indoor 5-a-side football with work colleagues and so I felt I needed some indoor trainers for just this reason. Now, I expected the big brands to charge big money for some specialist 5-a-side trainers so I were pleasantly surprised when I noticed these Nike Total 90 Shoot II football trainers. In my local sports store they were priced up at £14 and so I were tempted into trying them on.
I found these trainers very comfortable for indoor use and they offer adequate grip for running around on the indoor surfaces. The trainers are specially designed to be used on Astro Turf and I have never had any complaints about them. They are lightweight and compared to my everyday trainers they are much easier to play in. The laces are off-centre which is said to provide a larger area for taking shots with and offers much better ball control than normally laced trainers. The lining of the trainers offers good resistance and reduces stud pressure for comfort. The soles of the trainers are rubber and the tread pattern is said to give optimum traction on artificial surfaces. The trainers feel very good quality and are well made with no shoddy edges or loose insoles etc. - a lot of effort was made in the manufacture of them.
My trainers are similar to the picture but are flourescent yellow instead of orange and have more of a pattern to them. Although I have only had them a month or so i can say they are holding up well to the weekly rigours of the Astro Turf pitch - I am confident they will last a good long while (or until the novelty wears off, whichever comes first!). I feel much more confident in these trainers than my old ones and as they are specially designed for the surface I know they are the best.
The total 90 boots have always been good performers on astroturf and even on grass for a kick around. Its on the hard surfaces that they are really designed for though. The design has always emphasized comfort and these are no exception. I have quite narrow feet and these fit really well.
In this design the laces have been placed at the side. This feels a bit un-natural at first but it has resulted in a greater striking area. This seems more like a marketing feature as it didn't seem to affect clean striking of a ball. The material is pretty tough and hard wearing. There is plenty of grip on the underside of the boot so ball control feels good. The problem with astro trainers is that the grips wear down relatively easily. So if you can pick these up for a low price you'll at least get you monies worth.
Now, I usually play on grass and so studs are better for me, but when I got signed up to a five-a-side team, I felt I needed to purchase some astro-turf trainers as we'd be playing both on astro-turf and a sports hall. I've also used these in an eleven-a-side grass game when it was dry.
The Nike Total 90 range was first introduced to the UK market back in 2000 and the range has grown substantially since then. You wouldn't recognise the original T90s if you compared them to the ones now as the design is so different.
The original designs were, in fact, my very first football boots when I first starting playing football in 2003. Navy blue and silver they were, and I loved them! This led me to getting a pair of the same boots in astro turf too but when I outgrew them, I switched my allegiance to the Adidas Predator range and I've never looked back. Well, let's see if I'll be swapping back to Nike again...
These trainers retail for around £40, however since Sports Direct (have always) had an offer on, they cost me £15, which I thought was a great price. I had the choice of black and orange, black and yellow or yellow and black; well, so I thought. Turns out the only had black and orange in my size, so that's what I had! On the SportsDirect website, it shows that they've gone up to £31
With a side lacing system, they do look rather trendy. There's a large surface area on the front with the number 90 in a circle, and this would be the "striking zone" if you were to rifle a volley into the top corner.
To the outer sides of the boots there is a bright white Nike 'tick', which looks very crisp and is typically characteristic of Nike to put it on there so boldly. On the back part of the boot, above the heel, there is also a 90 in a white circle, which adds a neat touch.
On the soles, the little stud-type bits that stick out give you maximum grip on astro turf and also indoor. I wouldn't recommend playing in these on wet grass, as you'll go flying all over the place: obviously in matches you have to have studs, but if you're having a kick about in the rain, don't bother in these!
I'm a size 10 and these were quite tight to start with when I first put them on, but after my first five-a-side match my feet had stretched them a little and moulded. Compared to their biggest rival, the Adidas Predator, these felt quite clumpy and big at first. However, once you get used to them they do begin to feel slightly better and therefore you can accurately judge where you want to control the ball and how best to position your feet.
Playing primarily as a forward in five-a-side, I need to make sure I can get a clean strike on the ball and also have a good first touch. However, in 11-a-side I'm versatile and have played in practically position and so you need football trainers that will have a positive impact on your game. Well, I'm pleased to say that if you're a striker, these do help you get a powerful strike on the ball and also good placement too, however a certain level of skill is required from the man (or woman!) in the shoes. The total 90 range are the choice of boot for top drawer strikers such as Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney, who both can deliver extremely wonderful shots with accuracy and power.
If you're a pub footballer centre back and your team likes to play the "hoof it and run game" then these will be great for you, since the wide style of the boot means you can get maximum contact on the ball to clear the ball. I wouldn't recommend these to any player that plays on the wing since you need to bomb up and down and these just won't suffice.
I definitely wouldn't recommend these to the play-making midfielder, since you need to be able to spin away from players with ease and you need great traction. You also need to be one step ahead of the game - great if you can think the move, not so great if you can't pull it off in these!
Running with the ball at my feet is good, and I feel that I can maintain a good pace whilst still keeping a decent level of control of the football. In terms of crossing the ball in - in an 11-a-side grass match - it was a tad difficult to get my foot underneath the ball well enough to get a well elevated cross into the box, which would make it even harder for you if you do play out wide like I previously mentioned.
I do feel as though they give me good placement if I'm through on goal and looking to side foot it into the net. I can also get a lot of power on my shots, although these are not always as accurate as I'd like. The trouble is, they're just not as good as the Adidas Predators, in my eyes. The predators are thinner, smaller, more stylish; these just feel clumpy, as if you're dragging concrete lumps along. The design is good, they're quite stylish to wear even with jeans, but - at least with the astro-turf styling - I just can't get on with them, though they were spongy and did support my feet nicely.
I'm giving them a two out of five, which is probably a tad harsh - 2.5 would have been better!
+ve points are that they're stylish, good support for your feet and good for placement or power.
-ve points are that they're quite bad if you're trying to cross the ball in and the price is now over £30 again, they're quite clumpy too.
Thanks for reading my review!
When looking for a pair of footie boots to suit our older child we looked at a variety of brands, but for some reason our child seems to favour the Nike Total 90 style, when choosing a pair of comfy to wear boots.
Thinking about the reasons for this, as we have bought Total 90' astros at least 3 times in as many years, I can see that there is more to the range than just the style or brand name.
The boots have always lasted well and in many ways it has seemed a shame when they had to go due to ever growing feet, as they still had plenty of life left in them. We have often passed them down to lads with smaller feet as they were in such good condition.
We have bought these Total 90 Boots in a white and gold colour mix and also a metallic red and white mix. We even had a silver pair with red highlights too, they were pretty cool looking. All colour ways looked really nice and there did seem to be a conceived amount of kudos, amongst the peer group, if you had these Total 90 Boots.
Our child also had to have Total 90 matching shin and ankle guards which sent the smaller Umbro ones swiftly to the back of the cupboard. The combo of the Total 90 boots and Shin guards does of course look very smart, but do they really improve your abilities on the Pitch? Well if confidence in looking the part is any thing to go by then the answer has to be yes.
In reality these Total 90 Boots do have a little more of an edge for some people over other Footie Boots. For one thing they do seem really well fitting. They are also lighter than many of the Boots we looked at, yet had better grip and a really good stud/ tread pattern. This tread pattern allows for really good grip when on either astro turf or drier harder grass surfaces.
The fact that the boots have a simple off centre lacing system means that there is less uneven surface in the centre zone and this can lead to a greater chance of making contact with the ball successfully as the available surface area is far greater. It also means that laces have tended not to come unlaced as they did with other types of Boots.
The boots are made of a leather look fabric, which is used for the main body. This material has on all the Total 90 Boots we have bought, been very durable. Imagine how much punishment a pair of footie boots go through and then take a long hard look at the resulting damage to a pair of boots. Well in the case of these boots, they have almost always out performed others we have bought.
The Boots also look very stylish with the centre positioned Total 90 logo design and every colour way that we have had so far, have looked much smarter and more up to date then any of the other types of astro turf boots we have bought. The treads are made from a flexible type of rubber, which grips and performs well when on the field.
One thing that the Total 90 Boots do have a real advantage with, is the fact that due to the styling of the boots, they come up much wider than almost every other boot on the market we looked at. Perfect for growing lads and also fully grown lads alike.
We found that the extra width of the boots means that there is no painful wearing in of the boots period, which is what some times happened with other makes. This means that from the very outset these Total 90 Boots offer greater comfort than their rivals due to their wider comfy fit.
In terms of what we have paid for the boots, we have always been lucky enough to be able to pick these up when on offer. The most we have paid for a pair of these has been £25. This was for the red and white pair we had, which according to the salesman, was a very desirable colour choice at the time of purchase.
The other two pairs were both between £20 to £23 per pair. Having seen the Total 90 range retail for around £40 or so per pair, this told us that we had managed to pick up a very good deal. The boots come in both adult and child sizes and the variation in price can be rather large, so as ever best advice is to shop around.
In terms of rating the Total 90 Boots, as we have had at least 3 pairs of the astro turf boots I feel that speaks for itself. These Total 90 Boots get 5 stars, as they perform well and are very durable. They are also full of street cred on and off the pitch. Can anyone ask for more, except perhaps scoring a few more goals when wearing them.
I tend to play quite a bit of 5 a side/7 a side football, usually at least once a week. I have recently decided to buy another pair of astro turf shoes as the once I had previously have shown signs of wear and tear. The previous pair of astro's I had were Adidas ones in the predator style and they were pretty good. They were classed in the power range of boots. The boots I have replaced them with are again a power style boot. The full name as above is Nike Total90 Shoot II Extra TF Football Boot . These are the second range of the Nike Total 90 brand. There has been a newer version with the Nike Total 90 III range. These style of boots are the ones worn by players such as Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres. There are other ranges as well such as the mercurial range which instead of power and accuracy focus on speed. It does not always mean though that if you are quick that you buy those boots or if you are not vice versa.I think it is a question of what is more comfortable for your own feet and also style of play which will decide what boots you buy. Alot of people may just go for the latest range because that's what all the top players are wearing but I usually do like to shop around before I make a purchase.
The product description of the above boot is as follows with some of its key features:
-Synthetic leather upper
-Enhanced shot-shield with off-centre lacing for superior ball control and shooting accuracy
-Injected Phylon midsole with die-cut EVA sock-liner
-Articulated rubber outsole with multidirectional traction and forefoot wraps for durability
All of that is the technical description of some of the main features of the boot. The enhanced shot shield means that there is a larger area for you to make contact with the ball with laces towards the side so they don't get in the way as much. There is also a raised precision strike zone which is meant to help you create more swerve and control. The rubber sole makes it suitable for use on all artificial surfaces-3G astro pitches and artificial turf surfaces.
My experiences using this boot so far have been generally positive. They are comfortable to wear and I think do help in some way to enable me to play better. I have found them particularly good when striking the ball either for longer passes or shooting. Having a decent pair of boots is not enough to turn you into Rooney or Torres but having ones that you feel comfortable and confident with are important when playing. I think these boots are very good and do a decent job. They cost just over £30 so not too expensive either. The availability of these may not be as high now as there are newer ranges available with the Nike Total90 III range currently out. Almost 5/5 but a very solid 4/5 stars from me.